David left School in 1983 with few qualifications, the youngest of 4 sons to a hard working family from the Yorkshire Dales. There was little time to spare for drawing or reading as sport was the encouraged activity mainly because it took the children out of the house. However it was David's Grandfather who encouraged him to draw whilst on family holidays. David attained an O' Level in Art, most of his drawings were black graphite pencil drawings at the time.
After leaving school David had various exciting and interesting jobs from an Engineer in the Army to becoming a qualified Embalmer and Funeral Director, to acting on screen in movies, working as a vet's assistant as well as being a professional musician. David throughout these times would draw fine line "Fairy Castles" from his imagination as a hobby.
In July 2020 David attempted his first ever animal portrait of Scamp, a dog they had adopted with brain damage. Using the online advice from Bonn Snowden, David soon finished the portrait and has been hooked by the coloured pencil bug since. He started straight away on his next piece learning all the time and by the time he had finished his fourth portrait he was being asked to do commissioned pieces, since his work had progressed so much in just a few months. In the slide-show opposite you can see just how he has progressed. David has a natural talent for capturing the individual character of each animal he is lucky enough to draw.
David's attention to detail and his drive to produce a beautiful portrait as well as capturing your beloved pet's unique character has quickly become apparent with every portrait he has completed. If you would like to discuss with him commissioning a portrait of your pet please feel free to get in touch by filling in the "Contact us" form and he will be back in touch as soon as he has seen your message.
David is a now member of the UKCPS (United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society) and has successfully exhibited "Teddy Bear" at the Derwent Pencil Museum in May and "Barley Boy" at the 20th Gala Exhibition at the Oxo Towers London in October 2021. Jess 'Pawzing for his Portrait' was shortlisted in the 2021 open international Coloured Pencil online exhibition.
David and Clare now live on the Canal Boat on the Grand Union Canal and are exhibiting throughout the UK at fairs and festivals.